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Effective at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, public access to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot building will temporarily be suspended to help ensure the safety of our staff, customers and the entire community amid the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Wilkes County. Staff of the newspaper will be availa…

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The N.C. State Board of Elections anticipates that results reported by the end of election night on Tuesday will include 97 percent or more of all ballots cast in North Carolina in the 2020 general election, said board spokesman Patrick Gannon.

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Wilkes County’s turnout for one-stop, early voting and absentee, by-mail voting combined lagged behind the rest of the state and all but one adjoining county when early, one-stop ended Saturday statewide.

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Juror notices were mailed last week for the first jury trials in the Wilkes County Courthouse in over a year as part of the latest step toward restoring normalcy in North Carolina’s justice system.

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One-stop, early voting for this year’s general election had a strong start Thursday, with about 500 people casting ballots by noon at the Wilkesboro Civic Center on School Street and about 425 by 2 p.m. at the Edwin McGee Natural Resources Center on Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro.

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Republican Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock and Democrat Jeanne Supin of Boone are candidates this year to represent the N.C. Senate’s 45th District, which includes all of Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties and about three quarters of Surry County. Ballard is the incumbent.

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A 9.11-mile walk and run through North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro Friday morning honored victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

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North Wilkesboro-based Window World is partnering with other organizations Friday to help residents of Wilkes County and across the nation pause to remember the losses and life-changing impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 19 years earlier.

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The Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter board is considering appealing another denial of a conditional use permit request in its ongoing efforts to find a long-term shelter site.

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It looks like the rain is going to finally let up and give us some drying out time to mow grass.

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Wilkes Community College’s 54th annual commencement ceremonies, with a walk-through format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were held Aug. 6 and 7 at the John A. Walker Community Center on the Wilkesboro campus.

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Residents of Wilkes and adjoining counties experienced an earthquake that was unusually strong for this area a little before 8:10 a.m. Sunday.

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Dr. David E. Daniel, second president of Wilkes Community College (July 1977 to April 1989), died after an extended illness on July 23.

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About 2,600 Duke Energy customers in Wilkes County were still without electricity at 9 p.m. Tuesday after strong wind felled trees and resulted in power line damage a few hours earlier. The company’s outages in Wilkes peaked at about 3,600 late Tuesday afternoon.

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North Carolina is under a “Code Orange” air quality warning through midnight Sunday due to a huge dust cloud that traveled over 5,000 miles from North Africa before blanketing the southeastern U.S.

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Nearly a third of Duke Energy’s 29,392 customers in Wilkes County lost electricity two different times Saturday due to a large white pine tree falling on a high voltage power line and leaning toward a second and nearby high voltage line on the same transmission tower.

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The long-delayed widening of N.C. 268 East in and near North Wilkesboro is now scheduled for completion in mid-December, said Trent Beaver, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 11 construction engineer.

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Over 3,600 Duke Energy customers in a large area of southwestern Wilkes County and part of western Wilkesboro lost electricity about 9 a.m. Wednesday and still were without power at 10 a.m.

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Property of a Wilkesboro-based nonprofit that provided emergency housing for domestic violence victims 24/7 and related services for decades is being sold to pay creditors under Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

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Elkin-based Yadkin Valley Community Matters, which organized a five-hour “Black Lives Matters” protest event Saturday in Elkin, issued a press release Monday saying the group was started last week “to promote peace, unity and justice” and empower each person in the Yadkin Valley “to have and…

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 continued its tradition of observing Memorial Day on May 30 in an event Saturday afternoon at the post home in North Wilkesboro.

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No public Memorial Day observances are being held in Wilkes County this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Wilkes Veterans Service Officer Allison Huffman and her staff placed a wreath at the veterans monument in front of the Wilkes County Courthouse in Wilkesboro.